Matthew 7: 22-23 - "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you that work iniquity."
John 17: 3 -- "And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."
Romans 8:16 -- "The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God."
Dear reader, as you start your cleansing journey, you must begin with the certainty of your own salvation. The first sin to overcome is doubt about your salvation. Indeed, you cannot be pleasing to God with such doubts in your heart. You can make no spiritual progress until you're absolutely certain of your relationship to Christ.
Concerning this point, the following Scriptures reveal three truths of enormous relevance: (1) On the day of judgment, Matthew 7:23 states that many who think they are saved will discover they do not know God; (2) According to John 17:3, true salvation consists of knowing Christ in a life changing personal relationship; (3) People who are genuinely saved have a strong supernatural assurance of their salvation (Romans 8:16).
Tragically, in recent decades it has been all too easy for people to join churches without having a genuine salvation experience. In fact, we are now seeing many longtime church members come under conviction and find true salvation.' Presently, God is doing a glorious new work among unconverted church members!
If you have any doubt about whether you are saved, be assured that God wants to give you absolute certainty (1 John 5:13). He doesn't want you to live another day in doubt. As you answer the following questions, please be completely honest with yourself and with God. Don't just answer how you think you're "supposed" to answer. Ask God for clear discernment as you consider these crucial questions.
Questions for Reflection: Do you have nagging doubts about whether you have been saved? Do you often sense God speaking to your heart or does that idea seem foreign to you? Do you have a personal relationship with Christ or do you just know facts about Him? Can you remember a time you were deeply convicted of your lostness? Can you remember a time when you truly turned from sin and personally surrendered your life to Jesus? When you made your profession of faith, did you experience a noticeable change in your life?
If you had to honestly answer "no" to many of the above questions, it is essential that you stop now and settle your relationship with Christ. The good news is you can settle it! God is willing and able to give you the assurance you so desperately need. If you have any doubt whatsoever about your salvation, speak with your pastor or a trusted Christian friend before going one step further! Through His clear promises, God wants to lead every one reading this to experience perfect assurance and peace.
If you answered yes to the questions, then immediately proceed with your cleansing journey. You can confidently rejoice that Jesus' blood cleanses you from all unrighteousness. Rejoice that your eternal security is in Jesus' perfect righteousness and not your imperfect performance.
As believers confess and forsake specific sin, we must always remember it is "Christ in us, the Hope of Glory" (Col. 1:27). As believers, we are forgiven and empowered only by the covenant of Christ's blood and His indwelling life. As we plead His precious blood and wholly trust in His fullness, victory is surely ours!